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US pay-TV subs set for rebound

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The pay-TV market in the US has faced challenges for several years, which culminated in a 0.58 per cent loss in total subscribers in 2013. However, recent research from Strategy Analytics forecasts a return to growth in 2014 at 0.14 per cent, detailed in the Service Provider Strategies (SPS) service report, North America Digital Television Forecast: 1Q 2014. The research [...]

TWC launches RDK-based IP STB

Time Warner Cable has revealed the development of its first IP set-top box integrating the Reference Design Kit (RDK) platform. TWC is working with digital STB specialist Humax to create the IP-based set-top box that features its next generation cloud navigator. The cloud navigator consists of the company’s new HTML 5 cloud-based navigation guide and provides customers a better, more [...]

CTAM touts TV Everywhere awareness

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The US’s Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) is to roll out what it describes as “robust” first-tier tactics to increase the subscription television value proposition by accelerating consumer awareness, product understanding, and usage of tv everywhere (tve). Incubated through a collaboration of 20 member companies, the tactics include a series of user experience best practice recommendations, adoption of [...]

EQT plans to exit Taiwan cable TV unit

Swedish private equity fund EQT Partners has put Taiwanese TV network GTV on the market for T$6 billion (€144 million), becoming the latest foreign investor aiming to exit Taiwan, according to the Economic Daily. Potential buyers are said to include the founding family of Formosa Plastics Group, one of Taiwan’s biggest business conglomerates. EQT Partners bought the TV network in [...]

CASBAA hosts Cable TV seminar in Taiwan

Taiwan’s plans to restructure its regulation of the cable-TV industry were the focus of a day-long seminar in Taipei on April 8th before 100 industry leaders, government officials, academics and foreign experts. CASBAA hosted the seminar together with Taiwan’s NCC, which is considering options for the restructuring. NCC Chairman Howard Shyr told delegates at the opening session that NCC saw [...]

China: Sumavision partners with Hunan

Beijing-based digital video and IPTV system provider Sumavision has signed an agreement with Hunan Cable TV Network Group, a subsidiary of Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary, that will see the two companies jointly operate Internet TV services as well as cooperate on distribution of smart terminals and development and marketing of smart home gateways and routers. Under the partnership, Sumavision [...]

Argentina: Pay-TV market sees significant growth

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LAMAC, the entity that represents 49 pay-TV channels, has published a report showing significant growth in Argentina’s pay-TV market during the past year, and for the penetration percentage in households that have access to pay-TV throughout the country, ratifying its strength as a national medium. The numbers released by LAMAC signal to Pay TV’s sustained and steady growth in all [...]

Vivendi accepts €17bn Altice/Numericable SFR bid

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Vivendi has confirmed that its Supervisory Board has decided unanimously to accept a bid from Altice/Numericable for its SFR mobile unit. The definitive acceptance follows a mutually-agreed exclusive period signed on March 14th. The Board said it also carefully reviewed letters and documents that the Bouygues Group decided to send it during this exclusive period regarding a combination between SFR [...]

Zon Optimus launches satellite-based convergent offer

Portuguese operator Zon Optimus has launched Zon4i Satélite, a quadruple-play offer for satellite subscribers, that complements the existing offers on cable and fibre. Pay-TV, Internet, fixed voice and mobile telephony services are offered in combined packages of 1 to 4 services, for both residential and business customers. The cheapest package, Zon 1P Satelite, costs €11.49/month, includes only the pay-TV service, [...]

American Cable Association backs Aereo

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The American Cable Association (ACA) has become the the latest trade body to come out in support of Internet TV streaming service Aereo in the forthcoming copyright action to be heard in the US Supreme Court. The ACA – which represents some 850 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies – has filed an amicus (friend of court) brief urging the [...]

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